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Weekly Bulletin 10/25/15

Dear Parishioner,

Next weekend, St. Noel will host two events that will allow us to help others. At our Masses we will hold our Annual Missionary Appeal. Our speakers will be Lucila Mercado Ampie and Xenia Chevez Juarez, two women who have been instrumental in founding CEPROSI, a co-operative in Nindiri, Nicaragua. CEPROSI has three initiatives centering on handcrafts, health education and remedies, and organic food. CEPROSI is operated by Nicaraguan women to improve nutrition, health, and quality of life for themselves, their families and the wider community. St. Noel Endowment has provided the funds to allow Lucila and Xenia to travel from Nicaragua to the U.S. If you wish to contribute to the work of CEPROSI, we will give any loose cash in the collection basket to them, or you may deposit a check in the basket made out to St. Noel with “missionary” in the memo line.

We will also hold our bi-annual “Buy Once – Give Twice Boutique”, on Saturday, October 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1st from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in our Small Hall. Fair Trade items will be on sale from eleven different vendors including CEPROSI. This is an excellent opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays or any other occasion. Your purchases will benefit artisons locally and around the world.

I know I can count on your generosity both in our Missionary Appeal and our Buy Once-Give twice Boutique to support our sisters and brothers around the world in improving their lives and proclaiming the Gospel.

Fr. George Smiga

TUOHY LECTURE: Fr. George Smiga, together with Rabbi Roger Klein, will be presenting an interreligious discussion of Pope Francis` Plea for the Earth at John Carroll University on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan Science Center. The presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

ALL SOULS DAY MASS – Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets for Sacristan and Eucharistic Ministers for All Souls is on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette. If you are able to minister on this day, please sign up.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – On Monday, November 2nd (All Souls Day), Adoration hours will be from 1:00-6:00 p.m.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – Next weekend, our ushers will be in the narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.

SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND – For September 2015, we collected $1,159.34. Our expenses for September were:

Rent $2,469.00
Food Pantry 273.70
Utilities 1,778.10
Lodging 274.97
Other 117.47
Total: $4,913.24

                 Thank you for your support.  

BAPTISM DAY will be held on Sunday, November 8th, from 12:15-3:30 p.m. Parents who plan to present a child for Baptism in the next six months, or have already baptized a child and not previously attended the Baptism class are expected to attend. Please call Kristen Gerber (440-773-2681) or Sue Ramming (440-796-2199).

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – We are looking for an additional person to come to Adoration on Mondays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Each Holy Hour you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish. Please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887 if you are able to fill this time slot. If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharistic Adoration and you’ll be richly blessed.

YOUTH GROUP – will NOT gather this Sunday, October 25th. We will resume on Sunday, November 1st at 6:00pm.

YOUTH GARDEN – In last week’s bulletin we announced the start of a Youth Group Garden. We are in need of items such as grass clippings, leaves, and spent seasonal flowers to begin our compost. Contact Erica at [email protected] if you can assist in this way.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD – Dismissal of children ages 6-9 take place at both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Breaking open the Word of God with children is a rewarding experience. If you have ever thought about serving in this ministry, please contact Michele ([email protected] OR 440-946-1128 x 121). Youth volunteers are welcome as assistants and should contact Michele if interested.

PLAYROOM – Did you know that St. Noel has a Playroom located in the Lower Level, where parents can go with their restless infants and toddlers during Mass and still hear the Liturgy over a speaker? Ask one of our greeters to direct you to the Lower Level if you would like to check it out.

CATHOLIC UPDATE is available in the kiosk. The theme of the November issue is “Encounter Divine Mercy.”

THE ST. AUGUSTINE BENEFIT DINNER – Thanks to all who donated items for the auction, attended the dinner, purchased auction items, purchased raffle tickets, made monetary or food donations, participated as sponsors, purchased a program ad, and volunteered to work at the event. Through your collective support we were able to raise over $37,000 for the St. Augustine Center. Congratulations to the winners (parishioners) of the 55” and 43” TV raffles. More details on the format and venue for the 2016 dinner will be forthcoming.

LEAF MINISTRY – Overwhelmed by a loved one’s incarceration? There is help. St. Noel’s first LEAF session will take place on Monday, November 16th at 7 p.m. LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families) is a ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings are anonymous and registration is not required. For more information visit www.leafministry.org or call the parish office at 440-946-0887 and ask for Anthony Camino.

OHIO BISHOPS & STATE ISSUES – The Ohio Conference of Bishops, including Bishop Lennon, has issued statements regarding State Issues 1-3. The Bishops support Issues 1 & 2; the Bishops oppose Issue 3. Copies of the statement are available in the narthex and on our website: www.stnoel.org.  

BUY ONCE, GIVE TWICE – The bi-annual Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is happening the weekend of October 31st-November 1st.  Your purchases will benefit the organizations that have tables at the boutique as well as the individuals who will receive the gifts you buy!  We have over 10 carefully chosen vendors whose mission is to help people, locally and internationally, move from poverty to sustainability. This popular event will run from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday the 31st and 8-1 p.m. on Sunday the 1st. Interested in volunteering? Call Anthony at the parish office. The Buy Once, Give Twice Boutique is truly a way to put your purchasing power to good use.

WILD ALASKAN SALMON – The Buy Once, Give Twice fair Trade Sale welcomes Joe Ruvolo of Wild One Seafoods on Sunday, November 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wild One Seafoods features line-caught, fresh, wild salmon shipped direct from Alaska. Coho salmon is $9.50/lb. and King salmon is $15.00/lb. It’s a great price and a sustainable, responsible way to purchase excellent salmon. You can place orders by contacting Joe at 440-391-3569 or [email protected]. Joe will be at the Fair Trade sale on Sunday only.  

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED – to staff the Esperanza Threads table during the St. Noel Fair-Trade Show, October 31st and November 1st. Set-up, staff or tear-down the booth. Esperanza Threads is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. Please contact Maggie Gibson at 440-449-1200 or [email protected].

LANDLORDS NEEDED – As part of our New Beginnings Re-Entry Ministry, we are looking for local landlords willing to give those returning from jail/prison an opportunity. Two of the biggest needs for those returning from incarceration are employment and housing. If you are a landlord or know someone who can help, please contact Anthony in the Church office.  Successfully helping people reintegrate into the community is a benefit for all of us.

HELP THE FOOD PANTRY – The pantry is in need of soups, pasta, peanut butter & jelly.  Blue pantry bags are available in the narthex. Please take one and use it at the grocery store. Thanks to the City of Willoughby Hills for donating canned goods and a portion of the proceeds from their recent 5K race. We appreciate the support of our city!

PARISH DAYTIME RETREAT – Will be on November 4th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Finding Our True Selves”, presented by Fran Armbruster. Sign up on the kiosk or call Fran at 440-625-1228. There is no charge. For those who are able to donate, $6.00 to cover the cost of lunch is appreciated. All are welcome!

endowment-tSomething to think about from the St. Noel Endowment Board…. When is the last time you looked at who the beneficiaries are on your life insurance, IRA or other accounts? It’s time to take a look, update if necessary. When updating beneficiaries, know that a charity like the St. Noel Endowment fund can be a beneficiary of all or part of one of these assets.

NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On October 29th, Bingo, Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. On November 5th & 12th, Bingo. On November 19th, at 12:00 p.m., socializing meeting; 12:30 p.m., luncheon menu: roast turkey, stuffing, corn, salad, rolls & butter, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. For tickets, call Theresa Durik at 440-585-9088. Deadline for tickets and payment is November 16th; also will be Birthdays & Anniversaries. Bring something for the Food Pantry and get a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome! NO MEETING on November 26th – Happy Thanksgiving!!!    

ADVENT TEA SIGN UP – Mark your calendars now for the Advent Tea which is scheduled for Sunday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. The tea provides a respite from the chaotic activity which often attends the holidays and offers an afternoon of encouragement and support for women. This year’s theme is The 12 Lights of Bethlehem. Signups for the tea will be after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th between the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. The cost of the tea is $18.00 per person. Proceeds go to the Social Justice Ministry. Everyone attending is asked to also bring a food item for the food pantry.  Please call Karen Spehar (216-481-6579) or Annie Zahradnik (440-724-2532) for more information.

HELP THE NEEDY OF NORTHEAST OHIO – The Cleveland Furniture Bank provides basic home furnishings to people in need who are trying to rebuild their lives. They are in need of couches, chairs, kitchen tables, and dressers. If you are downsizing, remodeling, redecorating or just have furniture items you no longer need, call 216-459-2265, ext. 101 or visit www.clevelandfurniturebank.org/donate to schedule a pickup of your furniture. If you have other items such as clothing, household goods, pots and pans, dishes, etc. they will pick up at the same time. Mention our church and they will waive the pickup fee.

VITUS SLOVENIAN SCHOOL REVERSE RAFFLE – Join us for an evening of chance, good food, drink and fun. On Saturday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the Church Auditorium. Proceeds to benefit the St. Vitus Slovenian School 2016 trip. Dinner alone $25, dinner with main board $60, dinner for two and main boards $115. For ticket information, contact Jane Leksan (216-470-5990 or [email protected]) or Viki Wade (440-413-5106 or [email protected])

JESUIT RETREAT HOUSE – A list of upcoming retreats and programs. On October 26th, Life Changer: A Doctor’s Encounter with Mother Teresa. Presented by Dr. Paul Wright. Cost is $20 which includes light refreshments. Time 7:00-8:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for these programs, visit www.jrh-cleveland.org or call 440-884-9300.

GABRIEL CHRISTMAS CRAFT BOUTIQUE – Will be at St. Gabriel School, 9935 Johnnycake Ridge  on Friday, November 6th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for those 13 and older. For more information, contact Karen Zylak 440-428-5444 or [email protected]

ROBERT & WILLIAM PARISH – is looking for vendors for their “Holly Berry Bazaar” on Saturday, November 7th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Contact Ellen Ivory at 216-731-1515 or [email protected], if you would like to participate.  

ANSELM WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – is on Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 13013 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. For further information call Shirley at 216-832-5158.

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